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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Apr 24, 2017

 

 

Today’s guest is first and foremost a dad. What began as a small playgroup in 2008 became the NYC Dads Group and in 2013 expanded into the City Dads Group network with 26 groups across the country. This diverse community supports dads of all stripes, providing opportunities to socialize as they navigate parenthood together.

In addition to co-founding these groups, he co-hosts The Modern Dads Podcast, a monthly show highlighting stories of 21st-century dads and families. He regularly contributes to and is quoted by media outlets interested in telling the stories of involved dads.

As an at-home dad myself, I was grateful to discover this network of involved fathers existed and have become actively involved with the Boston Dads Group. I had an opportunity to meet my guest in person at HomeDadCon, hosted by the National At-Home Dad Network.

Please join me in welcoming Matt Schneider.

In this episode we explore:

  • how he defines leadership, “Seeing an opportunity to make change and taking it. Having the wherewithal to step in.”
  • what is holding dads back from being full parents
  • the effort to change the media’s portrayal of dads
  • how he scaled his hyper-local playgroup to a national movement
  • ways he found to monetize as the group has grown
  • balancing being an at-home dad and entrepreneur

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 41.

Apr 18, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Chung, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is those insights from me, and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week, I'll be sharing some tips about how to approach tight networking circles at events.

Over the last few months, I’ve been working on a new book and in the process asking my network to share their problems networking at conferences. Over and over I received questions that could be boiled down to - How do I get more value out of the experience of going to conferences? It’s a lot of time and money and I’m never sure how to meet people while I’m there. Maybe I shouldn’t bother going?

Maybe you’ve asked yourself a similar question?

Conferences are expensive and time intensive, but I wouldn't recommend avoiding them altogether. What you need is a strategy that will boost your confidence and help you feel your time and money were well spent.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 40.

Apr 11, 2017

Today’s guest is an award-winning executive coach with more than 25 years of team management, business development, and sales leadership experience. Early in her career she was recognized for her ability to negotiate multimillion dollar contracts with senior executives of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Having mastered the art of high-ticket sales, she went on to mentor, coach, and develop some of the highest paid, most elite, sales professionals in the country who have sold well over 1 billion dollars and counting.

Every successful executive can cite a mentor or advisor who helped them bridge the gap from middle management to C-level leadership. Every business owner has relied on a trusted guide to make the jump from breaking even to breaking profit records.


Having successfully navigated each stop on the journey to elite executive status, my guest’s passion is in helping business owners, sales leaders and seasoned executives achieve the success they desire.

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Chung.

 

In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership: “One word describes leadership, 'influence'."
  • her experience being a “professional new kid” and moving every two years taught her the importance of being adaptable and influenced her style of leadership
  • how her c-level executive clients have, by all outside measures achieved success, but still strive to reach their full potential. Stephanie says, “It’s no longer about success, it’s about significance.”
  • challenges of being a woman and a minority in upper management in private aviation, which she moved through with her motto, “No excuse. Just produce.”
  • the steps she takes to recharge and replenish. “In order to give my best, I need to be my best.”
  • her belief that networking is about being in service as she cultivates relationships. “At some point the law of reciprocity will kick in.”

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear what I thought were the key takeaways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.

 

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 39.

Apr 3, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeffrey Hayzlett, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is those insights from me, and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.

This week, I'll be sharing my thoughts on a common networking practice that I believe is highly ineffective. Keep listening to learn what not to do.

Whether you know the phrase “spray and pray” or not, you probably have experienced this phenomenon and possibly, like me, you have been guilty of doing it. When I first started promoting a group I founded over a decade ago, I whipped out a business card within seconds of meeting anyone who might remotely be interested. It took me awhile to realize this wasn’t the most effective way to network. When friends and colleagues began to talk up my group, instead of me doing all the promotion, the group really took off.

Now, I teach people how to stop wasting time networking and I have a PSA: Stop Spraying and Praying. When people tell me they don’t like networking, it’s this kind of behavior that is turning them off.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 38.

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